Soundtracs Topaz 24 vs. Soundtracs PC MIDI 24 - Gearspace.com
The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
Soundtracs Topaz 24 vs. Soundtracs PC MIDI 24
Old 12th November 2009
Gear Addict
1 Review written
🎧 10 years
Soundtracs Topaz 24 vs. Soundtracs PC MIDI 24

Anyone know if the pres on these boards are comparable? Is one better than the other?

Are either any good as additions to a few outboard pres (so I can get my Octopre LEs out of the signal path!) + monitor/headphone mix etc - I'm tracking bands mainly
Old 22nd November 2009
Lives for gear
microwave's Avatar
The Topaz is a more recent design and thought out from the ground up to be a project studio desk, hence the compact format. Its quieter than the PC Midi, ok preamp and nice eq, groups, balanced outputs, decent routing, nice little desk and highly recommended over say a Mackie 8 bus.
The PC Midi comes from an era when the boundary between project and professional gear was much more blurred - its modular, big and heavy, old fashioned size with plenty of space between the knobs, nice preamp (good enough to track most things with without worries) and very nice - in fact absolutely lovely - eq. Definitely a character desk where the Topaz has a rather more nondescript sound. On the other hand it has no groups in the commonly accepted sense of the term (no inserts on the groups), its a bit more noisy, all unbalanced and the routing is primitive. Not a one solution desk but you can always mix in the box when a less coloured sound is more suitable. If you mix indie music or anything that benefits from a bit of attitude and grit I'd say the PC Midi, otherwise the Topaz could be more versatile.
For everything Soundtracs, check out Tim at Studiosystems
Soundtracs Products, Specs & Information » Studio Systems
Old 22nd November 2009 | Show parent
Lives for gear
🎧 15 years
I have a soundtracs solo and I don't know how it compares to the ones you're asking about but the preamps are useable, decent headroom, a little on the dark side but not in a bad way. FYI, I usually use outboard pres but I wouldn't shy away from these if needed.
📝 Reply

Similar Threads

Thread / Thread Starter Replies / Views Last Post
replies: 20 views: 2356
Avatar for Blister
Blister 7th September 2007
replies: 50 views: 32175
Avatar for Boogaju
Boogaju 18th May 2016
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearspace Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.

Slide to join now Processing…

Forum Jump
Forum Jump